This is the time of year that I sometimes wish that I didn’t own a television. Politicians spend obscene amounts of money on advertising. The majority of that going towards often mudslinging and frankly false TV spots directed at their fellow candidates.
This year is no different. Here in Georgia, we’ve had our fair share of ads by the two candidates for Governor. Former Governor (and not current Governor), Roy Barnes and Republican Congressman Nathan Deal have been slinging it at each other.
This video has been played over and over on TV at night:
What makes me upset about this is that this ad is a fake. I remember the first time I heard it that I thought that it was fake. The Audio just sounds horrible. First of all it was too “clean” to be coming from reporters rushing after Deal. Second, it just sounded plain scripted. Even though they attempted to make it sound authentic – Either way, the audio didn’t match the video.
Anyways, Deal came out upset by the ad. So what does he do? He creates his own fake ad. This one accusing Barnes’ press secretary of stating that “Barnes represented the child molester…”
Really. Do we actually have to deal with this. These people are the two choices.
Both Roy and Nathan’s websites tell me what great men they are. What great families they have, and even tell me what churches they regularly attend. Blah. Just another strike against the church, right? <Sarcasm>We Christians know how to represent our God.</Sarcasm>
So I was thinking about this today. I thought about how politicians are real good about avoiding real questions. Debates aren’t a time for answering questions as much as they are to show how good you are at avoiding the answer, redirecting the question and making sure that you were able to insert a sound bite from a predetermined list of well scripted responses.
Then I started to think about how I am no better.
I’ve become real good at redirection. For us Christians, we are asked questions every day. It may not be the direct question, “Andy, What must I do to reconcile myself to my creator, free myself from the slave of sin, and inherit eternal salvation?” But you know what I am referring to. We avoid the real underlying questions all too often, and deflect them by talking about that new iPhone app that we downloaded, or what happened on Survivor last night.
We allow people to make up their own mind about who God is and what he is like, instead of opening up and reflecting the truth and light that is in our lives. We allow culture to define the beliefs of those around us, that God is whoever they need him to be and that being good is enough to satisfy the punishment that we deserve as sinners and enemies of God.
It has been said that if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk. True, our actions speak so much more than our words do sometimes. The point is that I know in my own life I need to physically talk more – answer the questions that are being asked, both vocalized and not, with more than a sound bite.